North Korea, Lesotho, Comoros, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Yemen have so far recorded ZERO Cases of COVID-19 ever since the corona virus cause havoc in China and started to spread around the world as of 09 April 2019.
The only region with virus-free countries being Southern Africa where Comoros and Lesotho have yet to confirm cases.
“According to official statistics, which we can confirm, as we work closely with the laboratory that does [polymerase chain reaction] testing, there is not a single positive registered case of COVID-19 in Tajikistan,”
While the world battles coronavirus and more and more countries lock down their populations, Turkmenistan is holding a mass cycling rally to mark World Health Day on Tuesday.
The Turkmen authorities are, however, working on tackling a possible outbreak together with UN agencies in the country, they are discussing a plan of action.
The UN Resident Co-ordinator, Elena Panova, told the BBC that this plan included country level co-ordination, risk communication, case investigation, laboratory diagnostics and other measures
Yemen has reported its first coronavirus case in a southern province, raising fears of catastrophic consequences in a healthcare system broken by five years of war. “The first confirmed case of coronavirus has been reported in Hadramout province,” Yemen’s supreme national emergency committee for COVID-19 said on Twitter on Friday 10 April.
The World Health Organisation reports that it has been informed that North Korea received primers and probes for use with PCR diagnostic tests from its ally China in January, he added. The WHO has sent supplies of protective equipment.
“As of 2 April, 709 people – 11 foreigners and 698 nationals – have been tested for COVID-19. There is no report of a COVID-19 case. There are 509 people in quarantine – two foreigners and 507 nationals,” Dr. Edwin Salvador, the WHO Representative to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).
“Since 31 December, 24,842 people have been released from quarantine, which includes 380 foreigners,” he said.
The WHO’s website shows the latest global tally at nearly 1.3 million officially reported cases and 72,614 deaths in some 206 countries and territories – appearing to exclude North Korea, Lesotho, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Yemen.